June 2, 2014

Science Shows You Need to Work Less — Here's Why

Have you heard about the new labor laws in France? They've limited when employees can receive and respond to work-related emails, hoping to give most workers more true leisure time. And then there's the six-hour work days in Sweden. To anyone who doesn't have those job perks, they sound like a dream. […]

Using an Inexpensive Streaming Video Box to Replace Cable Television

There is an astounding amount of quality movies and television series available on Netflix. There’s a shocking number of great channels available on Youtube. […]

Best Money Tips: Beat the High Cost of Air Conditioning

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on beating the high cost of air conditioning, rules for buying a wedding gift, and what to do after a car accident. Top 5 Articles 21 Ways to Beat the High Cost of Air Conditioning — To beat the high cost of air conditioning, change AC filters monthly and insulate the attic. […]

9 Things You're Paying Too Much for Around the House (And How to Pay Less)

If you're looking to trim your monthly budget, a quick peek around the house might uncover several things that you're paying too much for. Some people complain that they never have cash. The problem, however, may not be too little cash — but rather not knowing the right ways to stretch their dollars. […]

Jack Bauer Never Buys Anything — How TVs Frugalest Characters Get by With Less

Saving is not a common trait among television characters. It's more common to see people spending money on frivolous goods than using a coupon. But there are a number of television characters that appear to having the saving money thing down pat. (See also: 8 Surprising Life and Finance Lessons From Will Ferrell) Here's a look at nine television characters who wave their thrifty flag proudly. 1. […]

Reader Mailbag: Book Club

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. $82 a day for retirement? 2. Wedding photography 3. Passive income 4. Trick for fuel saver programs 5. Value of nice restaurant 6. Frugality and context 7. Mass transit or car purchase 8. Cutting away bad bread 9. […]

How Much Should You Spend on an Engagement Ring?

How much will you spend on your wedding ring? Jewelers recommend you spend 2-3 months of your salary on a wedding ring. Back in the day, when I was a single college student in love, I remember asking myself this question. I was all set to propose to my now wife but I needed to […] […]

Teaching life skills to your children

This article is by staff writer Lisa Aberle. While I’ve tackled many kid-centered topics, like how to save on kids’ clothes, should you buy your kid a car, or pay for your child’s college, you know what is really important to me? Helping them learn to be responsible and self-sufficient, so they don’t need me (except for moral support, of course). […]

Reviewing Rules for Real Estate Investing

I recently stumbled onto the BiggerPockets Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Real Estate Investing, a free PDF on how to get started investing in real estate. It was a decent read, even for someone like me who's been in real estate a bit, but it mostly reinforced what I already knew -- I didn't learn a bunch. […]

How to save money on dental insurance

When I transitioned from a full-time job to being self-employed, one of the biggest hurdles I faced was finding low-cost health insurance. Finding affordable dental insurance proved to be even more difficult. First, I couldn’t find any dental insurance with benefits comparable to what I was getting from my full-time job. […]

Billions of Dollars Go Unclaimed Every Year: Is Some of It Yours?

A $500,000 sack of diamonds and 20 pounds of gold bars sit unclaimed in California. A New Orleans woman found out she had inherited $237,000 — 17 years after her benefactor died. […]

Where to find the highest pay, lowest cost of living

Mitch StrohmWe often hear people say things like, “I’d be able to save more, if I lived in a cheaper city.” But a lower cost of living usually means lower paying jobs, too. So here’s the question you should be asking yourself: Which cities have the best balance of high pay and low cost of living? […]